How much do you enjoy Nature?
How good do you feel when you spend time in Nature?
What draws you to Nature?
The benefits of spending time in Nature are boundless, not only for physical health but also for mental and emotional health. Many studies have found that being in Nature improves the mood, helps reduce feelings of anger and stress, clears your head of too many thoughts, helps with depression and anxiety and also improves physical health by increasing activity.
Even if you don't exercise in nature, just taking in its beauty by sitting on a bench or looking out a window can do wonders for the soul. Now more than ever, Nature is a safer space where you can go for a break from working at home or a place to spend extra time if you are out of work. It is always there, providing us with beauty, stability and nourishment.
Imagine taking the beautiful qualities of nature and applying them to your skin or your hair and breathing them in throughout the day. Imagine the benefits for your body, your mind and your soul. It's Nature; Mother Earth, complete, whole and transforming. Nature has all the solutions we need for a beautiful skin care routine that is safe and effective.
Don't you want to nourish yourself with Nature's beauty?
The products produced by nature are full of enormous benefits. For example, Almond Oil is filled with Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Zinc. It is moisturizing and nourishing for the skin and the qualities it contains promote stability and balance. Jojoba Oil is a lighter oil but is also deeply hydrating to the skin. Jojoba oil is filled with B Vitamins and Vitamin E as well as Iodine, which make it anti-bacterial but also incredibly healing for the skin. These are just two examples of the hundreds of nature's abundance that we can use in our skin care routine.
And when we talk about Essential Oils we go to a whole other level. Being highly concentrated, essential oils are from 50 to 70 times more potent than the herbs or plants they are derived from. Unlike dried herbs that can lose up to 90% of their nutrients and oxygen molecules, essential oils do not. They are the lifeline of the plant; they make it grow and thrive, they protect it from the environment and insects. Essential oils, when pure and quality sourced, have far reaching benefits that synthetically produced ingredients cannot compare to.
If you consider yourself health conscious you probably eat a somewhat healthy diet and include exercise as a normal part of your routine. But have you ever thought about how much contact you have with toxins and chemicals every day? This is not something many people consider. It certainly wasn't important to me. I was misled by the labels and promises from commercial products about the so called `benefits` of what the products would do for me. The truth is that most people, especially women, are exposed to over 120 toxins every day. We’re exposed to these chemicals when we inhale them from sprays and powders, ingest them from the lips, and absorb them through our skin. From beauty to body, to air fresheners and cleaning products, the amount of chemical toxins we breath in and apply to our skin every day are something to seriously consider.
If you take 10 minutes to write down which products you use on a regular basis in your daily routine, you might be surprised. From face wash to shampoo, to body cream and toothpaste and then finishing off with make-up and perfume, we are often not aware of how much of a toxic bath we take every day. When you add on cleaning products, laundry detergent, hand wash, air fresheners and candles, the list continues to grow. Take a look at the labels and see if you can recognize any of the ingredients. If you want to go a step further you can even check many products with apps like Code Check, Environmental Working Group (EWG) or Think Dirty, where you can scan the barcodes of your products and it will give you a rating of the ingredients of the product.
While using these products for a short period of time may not have a recognizable impact, using them long term can have serious harmful effects. The human body is amazing at protecting us from many things and cleansing itself, but it has only so much capacity and is not made to handle all of the chemicals that are added to so many commercial products in today’s world.
You may think to yourself that everything is working well so you don't need to change anything. That is what I always thought. But over time, toxicity builds up and your body can react in a variety of different ways. The list is extensive and thankfully more and more research is being published. Here are just a few examples.
Research has shown that chemical ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, triclosan and oxybenzone are hormone disruptors and that some may be carcinogenic (linked to causing cancer). Certain chemicals called „Estrogen mimics“ are found in many personal hygiene products, plastics, nonstick cookware, detergents, and even antibacterial soap. Research has shown that they can cause an imbalance in hormones and have been linked to early menopause, fibroids, breast cancer, reproductive issues, premature puberty, ovarian cancer and even neurological harm.
Chemical based emulsifiers, foaming agents, sunscreens, hair dyes, deodorants, perfumes and even toothpaste have shown links to cancer, suppressed nervous system and even toxicity to the kidneys and liver. They can also cause allergic reactions and inflammation. More is sure to be revealed in further research, but the commercial beauty industry always finds a way to continue to produce similar products.
The purpose of this article is not to scare you; it's to make you aware. I do not suggest that you throw out every product you have in your home. What I do suggest is to start educating yourself so that you can start changing your routine and replacing products that are potentially harmful with natural ones. My journey to natural products was a process. It was and still is empowering. I have the possibility to take charge of my health and wellbeing at the next level and bring nature into my life several times a day without worrying about whether a product has the potential to harm my health. You can discover how simple this is and what a gift it is as well.
If you are willing, you can decide how your journey begins and where it takes you. Whether it is making your own products or choosing a natural skin care company that you connect with to meet your needs, we at SAVA Living are here to support you.
The whole reason I created SAVA was to offer products that are completely pure and natural. What you see on the label is what is in the product. We use only the best quality natural ingredients and the best quality essential oils so that you can be sure the products are not only luxurious but also safe. We also use only natural preservatives, so your body is not taking in any chemicals or synthetically produced additives.
And while we have a wide range of products that suit many needs, everyone is different. We will work with you to formulate and even create specialized products for your individual needs. SAVA Living is all about helping you find the right natural solutions that are best for you and your family.
My passion is to show my customers how they can make better choices and offer not only beautiful products but also education and information that make these choices easier. Whether you want to learn more about how to make your own products or discover the world of essential oils, we offer various workshops and webinars each month. You can easily sign up for a class or stop by the store for a consultation or a chat. Wherever you are in your journey, we are here to help.
Make the decision to bring Nature into all areas of your daily routine. Your body, your mind and your soul will thank you!
Sources and Recommended Reading:
Lourie, Bruce and Rick Smith. Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals out of Our Bodies and Our World. New York: First St. Martin’s Press, 2013.
Samuel S. Epstein and Randall Fitzgerald. Toxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Endanger Your Health...and What You Can Do About It? March, 2009